Students cheer for kindness |

Students cheer for kindness

Staff Reports

Kindness is sweeping through the halls of Carson Valley Middle School thanks to the Make a Difference team.

The student organization officially kicked off their 15 Days of Kindness event on Feb. 3 with an assembly.

“The main objective is to create a positive student climate here at CVMS,” counselor Tracey Wadelton said in a previous interview. “It’s a pay-it-forward program, so not only will it generate thousands of acts of kindness at CVMS, but it will spread out into the community.”

The kindness campaign gained momentum last summer after CVMS student Kody Wilson died from injuries in a traffic accident.

“Kody was harassed and bullied at CVMS, and his mom (Lisa Thomas) requested that the 30th of every month be Random Act of Kindness Day,” Wadelton said. “Lisa coined the phrase, ‘Be kind because you cannot rewind unkind.’ The Make a Difference team took and adopted that as their theme for the year.”

On Monday, students participated in Hold a Door Open Day. On Wednesday, they wrote letters to troops overseas.

Upcoming events include Community Day, High Five Someone New Day, and Family Kindness Day, when students will be encouraged to play with their siblings, call their grandparents, and help out around the house.

At the end of February, students will have to write statements on how they contributed to 15 Days of Kindness. Those statements will be used as admission tickets for the third annual CVMS Jubilee, scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m. March 9. The celebration will include raffle prizes, a dance-off, laser tag, Nerf gun war, bounce house obstacle course, a cakewalk, face-painting and concessions.